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First flight of Levitation Delta with carbon fiber frame…did not go well
I just finished my first flight with the Levi Delta after replacing the stock spars with skyshark P400 spars. Wind was a steady 10mph, nothing crazy. Everything seemed fine, flew for over an hour. I was actually filming a video for my YouTube about the new kite frame and doing some KAV with a GoPro for the video. I finished the video and was flying pretty low just for fun (no cameras on the line). Then all of the sudden SNAP! The kite folded in half and floated down to the ground. One of the pieces from the center spreader splintered at the end where it connects to the internal ferrule. I had made a 3 piece spreader the exact dimensions as the stock spreader and used internal ferrules that fit the skyshark tubes. I secured the internal ferrules to the center piece using super glue. It looks like the internal ferrule slipped when the break happened or slipped and caused the other piece to splinter at the end. This also caused a tiny pinhole to be punched in the kite fabric.
What did I do wrong here? I’ve never had a problem with the fiberglass spreader in 100s of flights, but I had heard of others having problems with it breaking so I was hoping to upgrade the spars to be stronger and lighter. I’m guessing the problem is with the super glue being too rigid, maybe I should use a more forgiving glue like E6000? If so, I’ll need to update the spreaders on my giant rok as well because I did the same thing there.
Also, what can I use to repair the tiny hole that was ripped in the kite? I’ve used sail repair tape in the past, is this the best option?